Sunday, April 7, 2013

Ooooo Baby Baby!

Hello  Everybody!  I want to share a project with you today that I had so much fun making.  My daughter Bessie asked my to make a baby shower card for a relative of her boyfriend's and I enjoyed the making of the card so much that I also made a matching gift bag for her to put their little baby gift in.  I think I have  made one baby card before this.  Really.  I can only think of one so I was a little excited at the idea of doing something a bit different.  I have just two "baby stamps" and no "baby" paper at all.  I did, however, find myself tantalizingly close to an Archiver's after I went out of town to watch my other daughter, Clarice, play in a rugby game.  So, of course I needed to drive the extra 10 minutes to go to a store that otherwise is 90 minutes away from my house.......anyways there was the cutest little 6x6 paper packs that were for babies and I was able to pick up ones that would work for both little boys and little girls.  And, since Joe is in Thailand, Corm was out, Clarice was at school and Bess wasn't home yet from Minn for her visit I had a few hours to my lonesome to pitter and putter around.  Wow.  So relaxing.  My stamp is a Whippersnapper Design Stamp and one that I just adore.  I can color it for either sex and and it has enough areas to color that it can really be color coordinated to whatever paper I am using.  I also finished up the inside of the card but forgot to photograph it...but it was CUTE!  Anyways, I wanted to mimic the look of a quilted baby blanket and so punched out 1" squares of the patterned paper....glued them together and then ran it all thru an embossing folder.  Then I mounted that quilted square on several mats and finally on a 5 1/2" square card.  I used Spellbinder dies for the fancy cuts and dyed my own seam binding with the same copic colors that I used on the buggy and  the balloon.






For the bag I cut the embossed paper  into 2" square pieces and then I lightly distressed the edges with brown ink.  I didn't do this inking on the card as I thought the card was too small of a space for so much  distressing....I thought it would detract from the focal point. But the bag, being so much larger, seems to need to have those quilted squares defined.  I also used Spellbinder's dies to cut out the "nameplate" and then chalked the uppermost cut piece while it was still in the die.  I used rub on letters for the baby's name and although it looks kinda crooked here it really isn't!  Also, I didn't plan to add the blue/white roses to the left side of the name but my fingers must have had some oil on them and the chalk on that side has a definite mark in it.  I didn't want to remake it as I had already applied the letters! The day was kinda dark here and so I feel like the photography doesn't show off how soft and sweet these colors really are!  I am though, really happy with how this little project turned out!  I love it when I come out of my craft room happy and satisfied.....don't you?  I am going to enter this bag in The Ribbon Girl Challenge.  This time it is for "just add flowers"... which I did!





I have been very busy lately trying to get 6 sets of notecards done for a friend who is using them as part of an auction item for a breast cancer fundraiser.  Her only request was to use pink and so I currently have 4 sets down and have begun to see shades of pink in my dreams.  I can truly say that I have never before used this much pink in any project.  Each set is comprised of 6 cards so by the time I am done I will have made 36 PINK cards.....I believe afterwards I will find myself turning to the color beige......anyhoo.....I will begin post those sets tomorrow.  After I get the next two sets done.  Thanks so much for stopping by and always being so kind with your comments!

Be well,
Sheila

8 comments:

Barb said...

Absolutely adorable, Sheila! I love the quilted backgrounds and your coloring is amazing! Gorgeous work!

Looking forward to seeing your sets of pink cards! :)

Pam W Merwin said...

This is so sweet, Sheila! Your background is amazing :)

rcwidow (Linda) said...

What a fabulous card! Coloring is beautiful as always!

joy said...

How pretty this baby card is, Sheila! I love all the layers and that "quilted" background. Please do a post showing us your pink card sets!

Dawn Turley said...

totally gorgeous Sheila. Love the quilted look to your background and what an adorable pram. The matching gift bag is fabulous too.

Greta said...

You may find yourself commissioned for baby projects! The card & bag are just darling! Love the idea of putting the squares in place & then sending it through an embossing folder--gotta try that!

Andrea said...

Ths is lovely! Thank you for joining us at the Ribbon Girl Card Challenge, we'd love to see you again :)

Maureen Morton said...

Cute is a serious understatement, Sheila! This is dripping with adorableness. Love the coloring and all the details - including the quilted look. What a lovely gift that will become a family treasure. What fun.